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Metals on our Mind

By | April 1, 2014

A dramatic loss of copper in key brain regions may be central to Alzheimer’s disease. Could restoring metals in the brain help?

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Contributors

By | November 1, 2013

Meet some of the people featured in the November 2013 issue of The Scientist.

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New Shape of Parkinson's Protein

By | August 14, 2011

Evidence reshaping the structure of a protein linked to Parkinson’s suggests a new mechanism for the formation of the disease’s characteristic protein aggregates.

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Nicotine Protects Against Parkinson’s?

By | August 3, 2011

The addictive component of cigarettes saves dopamine neurons from a Parkinson's-like decline, providing a new avenue for potential treatment.

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New insights into Parkinson’s Disease

By | June 8, 2011

A slew of recent studies sheds light on the neurodegenerative disorder Parkinson disease.

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Pathogens linked to Parkinson's

By | May 19, 2011

Although pathogens have long been suspected to play a role in the neurodegeneration of Parkinson's and related diseases (see our December 2010 feature), very little is understood about the mechanics of the process. 

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Death or Damage of Dopamine Neurons

By | February 1, 2011

The hallmark pathology of Parkinson’s disease is the damage and death of dopamine producing neurons in the brain. 

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The Genes of Parkinson’s Disease

By | February 1, 2011

The minority of Parkinson’s cases now known to have genetic origins are shedding light on the cellular mechanisms of all the rest, bringing researchers closer to a cause—and perhaps a cure.

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